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Manchester - Liverpool Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 43 daily trains from Manchester to Liverpool. Traveling by train from Manchester to Liverpool usually takes around 58 minutes, but the fastest East Midlands Railway train can make the trip in 30 minutes.

Distance31 mi (50 km)
Fastest train0h 30m
Lowest price$5.04
Trains per day134
Most frequent serviceNorthern Rail
Train lines4

What is the price of a train ticket from Manchester to Liverpool?

In the last month, $5.84 was the average price of a train ticket from Manchester to Liverpool. This is about as inexpensive as train tickets ever get. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 24 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $18.55 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

Taking the train from Manchester to Liverpool usually costs about the same throughout the year. In general, train ticket prices for this route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $21 whenever you decide to travel.

Which train should you take from Manchester to Liverpool?

There are 4 train lines with service from Manchester to Liverpool. Northern Rail is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 27 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
East Midlands Railway30h 44m$13.88
Northern Rail270h 59m$24.42
TransPennine Express160h 52m$20.89
Transport For Wales31h 24m$29.56
  • East Midlands Railway train tickets from Manchester to Liverpool start from $10, and on average cost . Daily there are 3 East Midlands Railway schedules to Liverpool. East Midlands Railway in Manchester leaves from Manchester Piccadilly Station and one other station. And in Liverpool trains arrive at Liverpool South Parkway Station and 2 other train stations.

    From Manchester to Liverpool train travel on East Midlands Railway takes 0 hours and 44 minutes. If you are looking to get to Liverpool faster, East Midlands Railway offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 0 hours and 30 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, East Midlands Railway offers 6 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Liverpool.

  • Northern Rail, branded simply as 'Northern' on its trains, travels to cities such as Manchester, Blackpool, Windermere, Newcastle, and York. Complimentary WiFi is usually available in first- and standard-class carriages, plus an onboard restroom. The newer trains boast extra legroom, and all services have space for luggage at the end of carriages.

  • TransPennine Express train tickets from Manchester to Liverpool start from $6, and on average cost . Daily there are 16 TransPennine Express schedules to Liverpool. TransPennine Express in Manchester leaves from Manchester Victoria and 2 other stations. And in Liverpool trains arrive at Liverpool Lime Street Station and 9 other train stations.

    From Manchester to Liverpool train travel on TransPennine Express takes 0 hours and 52 minutes. If you are looking to get to Liverpool faster, TransPennine Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 0 hours and 30 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, TransPennine Express offers 23 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Liverpool.

  • Transport for Wales is a trusted provider of passenger rail travel in Wales and the border region with England. Popular trips include Chester to Church Stretton, Caldicot to Cardiff Central station, and Manchester to London. Passengers onboard can enjoy complimentary WiFi and various options for onboard meals, from either a café car or at-seat trolley service for snacks, sodas, and hot drinks.

Frequently Asked Questions

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The distance between Manchester and Liverpool is approximately 31 miles, or 50 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 58 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 30 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Liverpool.

Trains from Manchester to Liverpool are the most crowded on Saturday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Thursday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Manchester at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 43 scheduled trains on most days. 134 of these are direct connections to Liverpool. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Liverpool to Manchester.

City Information


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Most recognizable for its world-famous football team, Manchester is a modern, vibrant city with a diverse range of attractions that will appeal to explorers of all kinds. Often referred to as "The Capital of the North," Manchester is also known for being the birthplace of the industrial revolution. Visitors can relive this booming era by taking a trip to the Science and Industry Museum to see how this previously small town changed the world's ideas of industry and manufacturing forever. These days, Manchester is famous for its music and art scene, with it being the birthplace of bands like The Smiths and Oasis.

Art and music-lovers may want to visit Afflecks, a vast and eclectic emporium of all things indie and grunge, to purchase records, artwork, and memorabilia, among many other things. Manchester is also home to 15 parks and gardens, with Fletcher Moss Park and Botanical Gardens among the most popular. This park provides a beautiful setting for picnics and scenic walks, perfect for when you need an escape from the bustling city.

And if you really are only here for Man U, both Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium are stops on our itinerary to visit every premier league stadium in England.

With three large train stations—Piccadilly, Oxford Road, and Victoria—Manchester is easily accessible via rail. National Express and Megabus coaches also allow access from all over the country. In addition, Manchester Airport houses three large terminals, which provide global entry to the city.


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Although Liverpool is only England's 10th largest city, its fame ballooned as the birthplace of the world's biggest rock band: The Beatles. Visiting Liverpool would not be complete without a trip to the iconic Beatles Statue, located near the port, followed by a visit to The Beatles Story museum, where visitors can immerse themselves in the band's rise to fame.

To explore some of Liverpool's older history, the Merseyside Maritime Museum provides fascinating exhibits on the city's great port-town past, including exhibitions on the Titanic as well as the Battle of the Atlantic. Football fanatics should check out the world-famous Anfield Stadium, where regular tours help visitors revel in the history and glory of this iconic football club.

Traveling to Liverpool is easy thanks to several rail providers, which facilitate travel around the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Liverpool also has two significant bus terminals for access via coach and an international airport for those traveling from further afield.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Manchester?

Main departure station: Mauldeth Rd

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 7 stops and stations in Manchester where you can board the train.

All train stations in Manchester:

  • Mauldeth Rd

  • East Didsbury

  • Burnage

  • Deansgate

  • Manchester Oxford Rd Station

  • Manchester Piccadilly Station

  • Manchester Victoria

Where is the train station in Liverpool?

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Main arrival station: Liverpool Lime Street Station

Liverpool's main rail terminus, Lime Street Station, was opened in 1836, making it the oldest operating mainline rail station in the world. It receives regular services from London via TransPennine Express. Local Merseyrail services arrive and depart from under the main station concourse. Here you'll find several stores and restaurants, as well as coffee shops such as Starbucks, restrooms, and luggage lockers. Long-distance National Express and Megabus coaches depart from the bus station at Liverpool One shopping mall, a six-minute walk away.

Train stations in Liverpool:

  • Liverpool Lime Street Station

  • Roby Station

  • Broadgreen Station

  • Wavertree Technology Park

  • Liverpool South Parkway Station

  • Edge Hill

  • Halewood Station

  • West Allerton

  • Mossley Hill Station

  • Hunts Cross Station

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